Cody benefits from my version of Lysdexics Hotwheels shelf

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 01-08-2013 12:47 AM 5165 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just in awe of the simplicity of Lysdexics Hotwheels display shelf so I had to make one myself. The usual disclaimer of pictures are horrible (should have pulled the trigger on the iPhone 5 this weekend) since they were taken with my phone.

Two species, Sapelle and Yellow Heart. Yellow Heart is 3/8 thick. and the curbs are sapelle 7/8” tall x 1/2 deep with a 3/8 channel made on the router table and table saw. Height is 28”. Widest shelf is 28” and shortest bottom shelf is 22”. Various sized forstner bit holes to give it a little accent. Shelves are spaced about 4.5” apart.

Like Lysdexic, I tipped the blade about 7ish degrees and snuck up on the 3/8” slides. Put the dado blades in to make the matching slides on the shelves for the 7/8’. They’re tight, but not too tight.

Finished with 3 coats of Watco Clear Danish Oil…first time I’ve used it, but it won’t be the last!! Might still put some wax on them before breaking it down (30 seconds) and shipping them off to Michigan for Cody’s 5th birthday. It’s perfect since it’ll basically lay flat.

I was tempted to burn in “Cody Motors” on it, but then thought that when he grows tired of Hotwheels, the shelfs will work for other things. Maybe golf balls, who knows.

Can’t thank Lysdexic enough for posting his. That thing has gotten tons of hits on Google when you search for hotwheels shelves, and all the bloggers are picking it up too. Nice Job !! Hope you don’t mind me borrowing it…it was MADE in America :)



-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 03:07 AM

Good job very cool.

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 04:08 AM

reacly cool and great looking!

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 04:16 AM

Good looking project and a neat (yes I said neat) design!

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 06:08 AM

Very unique shelve.Looks very nice.

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 10:03 AM

Very nice and well designed.

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 02:20 PM

Goo job on the shelves. Maybe you could burn (or rout) a sign that says Cody Motors. Might make it look like a roadside advertising billboard and put it on the top shelf.

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 09:17 PM

Wow. I just stumbled upon this. Yours has a lot more flare than mine with the contrasting woods, the curved spine and holes. Well done.

I am humbled by your comments.

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 09:18 PM

Good work, original style.

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 06:18 PM

I love the design. Great job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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